Alfa’s four-year product plan has leaked to autoblog.it, and though it takes a little deciphering it confirms what we’d been hearing: that key Alfa products will be “Imported from Detroit” (to borrow a phrase). Here’s what we’ve been able to piece together: the 2012 models are the 4C “supercar” (note Alfa’s use of scare quotes around the term) and the Compact-Wide “C-SUV,” which will be built alongside the next-gen Jeep Compass and Patriot in Italy. Then, in 2013 the midsized Giulia sedan and sportwagon will debut, underpinned by the developed-in-Detroit next-gen 200/Avenger platform. That same year, the MiTo will gain five-door and convertible versions as well, with a more-mysterious D-SUV that will likely be closely related to the next-gen Jeep Liberty. Finally, in 2014 Alfa will update its C-segment Guilietta, at which point it should be ready for global (i.e. US-market) duty.
Which brings up an important point: this is Alfa’s European product plan, and US-market efforts could take a bit more time. And even for Europe this plan could be ambitious: Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has already reportedly rejected initial designs for the all-important Giulia midsizer, and seems to be waffling on whether it will be built in the US or Italy. In any case, the lineup seems set: a carbon-fiber Cayman competitor, a Tiguan/Q5 fighter (related to the next Compass/Patriot), followed by a midsized sedan/sportwagon (on the 200/Avenger platform), and a version of the next-gen Liberty. Needless to say, step one of the plan sounds lovely… the rest seems like a challenge of differentiation more than anything else. Especially if all of the planned models come to the US, where they’ll have to fit between a (very) similarly-revamped “luxury” Chrysler brand and “sporty” Dodge brand.